A Watchful Eye and a little good luck: The Will Rogers Statue

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During his life, Will Rogers provided a voice for the common man, carrying their message to the halls of power and to the White House. Now, eight decades after his passing, Will keeps a vigilant watch on Congress through the eyes of his statue in the Capital’s Statuary Hall. He even bestows good luck on those willing to break some rules.

Johnnie And George: One Of His Boys

One hundred years ago or so, George W. Carver enlisted college boys from the South to assist him in spreading his message, not just about farming innovations but also about racial reconciliation. Carver called them “his boys.” I interview the Author of a new book about the correspondence between the Wizard of Tuskegee and one of his boys, Johnnie Pickle.

Listen: https://withintherealm.libsyn.com/johnnie-and-george-one-of-his-boys

Buy the book here:

https://www.powells.com/book/one-of-his-boys-9781588383716

The Big Scare At Beaver Gap

There is a lonely stretch of road in our neck of the woods, the scariest spot in the County, called Beaver Gap. The superstitions of both the Native Americans and the hillbillies of the area fueled the stories of less than friendly spirits out there in the woods. This is the story of me , a station wagon full of classmates and the Big Scare at Beaver Gap. https://withintherealm.libsyn.com/the-big-scare-at-beaver-gap

200 Years Of The Cherokee Talking Leaves

200 years ago in the wilds of the American frontier, Sequoyah introduced his writing system to members of his tribe who has moved to the Arkansas Ozarks to escape the reach of the encroaching white man. They were skeptical of the new syllabary. Some thought it frivolous at best, sorcery at worst…but Sequoyah was able to prove his system’s usefulness. It was introduced to tribe members in the east and in just a few years it was adopted, giving the Cherokees a greater literacy rate than their white neighbors. Through the years, the syllabary has played it’s part in preserving the language and is a major component of that effort today.